Bonnie Brown, the youngest of the country music trio The Browns, announced Monday that she has also been diagnosed with the disease. "I have been diagnosed with Stage 4 Adenocarcinoma right lung cancer," Brown said. "I have recently undergone tests to determine the best type of treatment for this horrible disease. This news came as a shock to our family as we are still mourning the loss of my big brother, Jim Ed."
Brown -- who made the announcement at a Medallion Luncheon for the media at the Hall -- said she was reminded of her brother's words at the March induction announcement ceremony. "As Jim Ed said at the announcement of our induction into the Country Music Hall of Fame earlier this year, 'Cancer is no fun.' I agree."
Brown is very optimistic about her prognosis. "I have full faith in my oncologist and the many specialists at CARTI in Little Rock, and I trust in them to determine the best path to my full recovery. I am surrounded by the love and support of my family and I am determined to live many more years."
The Browns were best known for their 1959 Grammy-nominated hit, "The Three Bells". The group, composed of Jim Ed Brown and his sisters Maxine and Bonnie Brown, had a close, smooth harmony characteristic of the Nashville sound, though their music also combined elements of folk and pop. They disbanded in 1967 and were elected to the Country Music Hall of Fame in March 2015.
On June 11, 2015, Jim Ed Brown died from lung cancer at age 81. We coninue to lift up Bonnie in prayer.